Andrew Luck shall save the Union.
When Peyton Manning retires (any minute now), and Tom Brady finally hangs it up (on to Cincinnati, as we will call it), who will carry the torch? It’s not enough to have great statistics, like, say, Drew Brees or Russell Wilson. And it’s not enough just to win, like Joe Flacco, or be omnipresent in commercials like Aaron Rodgers. To be an all-time great QB, you have to capture the public’s imagination in a different way.
You have to be an all-time Photoshop great. That’s just the way it works.
If recent social media activity is any indication, and it usually is, Andrew Luck will end up being the greatest quarterback of the current era. How do I know? Great works of art like this one:
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) November 17, 2014
Sure, the numbers are rather important (see below). But a truly great QB inspires the geekoid masses to spend inordinate amounts of time hunched over their computers, cutting and pasting, blending, merging and reducing opacity. Only certain quarterbacks inspire this type of quality time with Adobe products: Just look at Peyton Manning’s early career:
And our all-time Photoshop leader, Tom Brady:
I love that one more than words can express.
Now we have this — proof positive that Luck is destined to be one of the all-time greats:
Oh, all right: here are some statistics, if you must:
Week 12 comparisons:
1. Andrew Luck 3,388
2. Peyton Manning 3,301
3. Tom Brady 2,649
Yards per attempt:
1. Peyton Manning 8.1
2. Andrew Luck 7.8
3. Tom Brady 7.3
1. Peyton Manning 67.1
2. Tom Brady 64.0
3. Andrew Luck 63.2
1. Peyton Manning 30
2. Andrew Luck 28
3. Tom Brady 24
In terms of justifications, the Colts’ record under Luck speaks for itself. Since installing Luck as its starting QB before his rookie season of 2012, the team has won nearly 69 percent of its games (posting a pair of 11-5 campaigns). Luck also looks like a prototypical quarterback. At 6 feet 3 inches tall and 235 pounds, Luck’s size jibes far more with the preconceived notion of what an elite QB should look like than, say, Seattle’s Russell Wilson (who stands 5 feet 11 inches). Further, Sando’s scouts are probably the same people who regarded Luck as “the top quarterback prospect to come along in the past 30 years”
Luck compares favorably with Manning and Brady over the respective first three seasons of each QB, despite Luck having a weaker supporting cast. But in terms of Photoshop interest, he’s right there with the other two. And that speaks loudly.
A brisk walk down memory lane: